Modeling - Octet 2 Blue | Artopia

Roseline Delisle

A Closer Look

Octet 2 Blue is an abstract form, but it could almost be a twirling dancer in a billowing skirt. Roseline Delisle calls her sculptures "humanistic." She imagines that when they are in a room together they "talk to each other" in some way. Try making a series of clay forms that are based on figures, without any details like faces or hands. When you put them together, can you imagine they are communicating?

About the Sculpture

Roseline Delisle created Octet 2 Blue from earthenware clay on a potter’s wheel, a method known as “throwing,” from an ancient word for "twist." Originally Delisle made her sculptures from porcelain, but found it too brittle for large pieces. The delicate shapes of Octet 2 Bluedemonstrate Delisle's great skill in throwing clay. She compares her technique to being a dancer. "I’ve got to be moving," she says. "Everything comes out of movement."

About the Artist

Roseline Delisle grew up in Quebec, Canada, the daughter of parents who loved the arts. She studied at the Institute of the Applied Arts in Montréal, where she decided to concentrate on ceramics. Like many artists, Delisle had some interesting jobs to support herself while doing her artwork--she once worked as a lumberjack! Today she sells and exhibits her ceramic sculptures all over the world.


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